TheEpeeist (3142) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Misty olive yellow with a big bubbled white head. Nose is butterscotch pudding and faint spruce. Creamy medium body with an oily buzz. Taste is orange marmalade and melon; dry and pithy, then pine.
Jethro6191 (393) - Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours gold with a thin bubbly head. Dank musty aroma and flavor. Citrus and grassy notes with a bitter finish. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel.
BK7 (677) - Turner, Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. A big beer with a nice balance of sweet, bitter and citrus. A bit of stickyness to it. A strong bite on the finish that has some alcohol burn to it.
A good brew.
SPDickerman (866) - Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden with a fluffy white head. Smells bready and yeasty with some hop notes, floral. Tastes very bready and yeasty with what could be described as hop bitterness on the back end. Full-bodied with an oily texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Southern Tier Hoppe finishes like a loaf of white bread.
ChainGangGuy (4274) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Uncle Jack’s Spirits in Canton, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, orange-yellow body with a inch-plus head of white foam. Decent coating of sticky lace on the way down.
Smell: A simple, soft maltiness in the nose hinting at sliced white bread and biscuits with a small, small hint of caramelized sugars. Floral, zesty, citrusy, grassy hops; goodly aromatic, I must say and quite inviting.
Taste: Sugar encrusted, lightly bready, biscuity malts with a little tickle of wheat-like tanginess. Sweetness is eventually kicked aside as the resinous, grassy, fruity hops roll in. Tangerine and grapefruit citrus elements with an approved juiciness to it. Medium-high bitterness. The prodigal sweetness returns. Drying, bitterish finish with some lingering fruit juice flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: A nice brew (a pleasant surprise, as I wasn’t really expecting much from it). It’s got a good blend of sweetness, bitterness, fruitiness, and while bigger, yes, I don’t ever find it to be maddeningly heavy and clumsy or grotesquely bitter.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a frothy finger of slightly off-white head that lingers around for quite some time. The head eventually fades leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of strong sweetness from some caramel malts and the residual sugars, some potent hops, and a bit of breadiness and booze in the background.
T - Starts off with some big rich sweetness from the residual sugars and the rich caramel malt. Right behind is some citrus/piney hops and a touch of bitterness. Through the middle, the bitterness grows quite a bit and the harshness of the sweetness fades. There is a bit of bready flavor and a touch of booze that come through as well. The finish is a mix of hops, rich sweetness, and some booze that linger.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and quite syrupy, but still feels crisp and not too heavy.
D - Very drinkable. Through the booze and residual sugars do come through, this is still a very drinkable beer. The hops and the richness of the sugars are pretty well balanced and do seem to work well together in this case.
mixmasterob (877) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super bright golden pour with a thick white head. Lots of lace on the glass. Aroma was a balanced mix of candy sweetness and citrus hops. Flavors were just the same. Fruity, decent bitterness throughout and a sweet malty finish. Actually quite smooth and drinkable. Mouthfeel was about medium, carbonation relaxed. A good hoppy ale with a sweetness that you come to expect from Southern Tier. Nice.
Nickls (1750) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Fluffy white head on a clearer light yellow marigold. Grapefruit rind, citrus, and earthy hoppiness. Not as assertive in the flavor with some slight candy and sweetness, but a grassy and slight citrus finish. Medium and a little slick.
sgallant (49) - USA - AUG 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great use of hops in a smooth flow over the tongue. Not strong in alcohol, but a great lighter beer.
Cybercat (2947) - Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is fairly strong and hoppy with a grassy overtone and a faint fruity hint. It pours a clear amber with a very thick and fluffy white head. Richly hoppy flavor has a bit of a grapefruit tang and touches of both bitterness and sweetness. Edgy, tingly texture leaves a pleasant hoppy finish.